Bell Rd and Grand Avenue (currently Home Depot/Walmart shopping center)
303 & Grand towards Happy Trails
Grand Avenue & Beardsley (currently Sun City Grand)
SW corner of Bell Road and Sarival (1980s)
Photograph courtesy of Donna Smith Weekley
Surprise Fire Truck 1986
“The City of Surprise: A History in Progress,” is a 104-page book and accompanying DVD documentary that tells the story of Surprise. Meet the earliest Surprise residents, from the prehistoric Hohokam Indians to the people who built Surprise into the city of connection and opportunity it is today. Relive the days when cotton was king in Surprise, and how a road called Grand Avenue and a new railroad connected a small farming community to the rest of the world. Enjoy a wonderful video documentary with interviews and rare photos of early Surprise. Discover newly revealed documents that show the real story of what (and who!) is behind the founding of one of Arizona’s premiere cities!
Surprise History Book & DVD Documentary Set is available for sale online. The book/DVD set retails for $40. On sale! $20